Ionics Water Conditioner Model IQ Model EE Bacteriostatic, Homeowner's Manual

Ionics Water Conditioner Model IQ Model EE Bacteriostatic, Homeowner's Manual
HOMEOWNER'S
MANUAL
IONICS
WATER CONDITIONER
Model IQ and Model EE
Bacteriostatic
Manufactured by:
Puronics Water Systems, Inc.
5775 Las Positas Road
Livermore, CA 94551
(800) 339-8780
www.puronics.com
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IMPORTANT
This booklet contains your Owner Limited
Warranty Card. Make sure this Warranty Card is
filled out by your Dealer and returned to
Puronics Water Systems, Inc. within two weeks
of installation to assure proper warranty registration.
Questions about your warranty registration may
be answered by writing to:
Warranty Registration Dept.
c/o Puronics Water Systems, Inc.
5775 Las Positas Road
Livermore, CA 94551
Your Ionics Dealer is ...
Puronics welcomes you to a new, carefree way of life with conditioned water. You can take pride and
satisfaction knowing that you own the very best.
We are proud that you have selected the Ionics deluxe quality Water Conditioner for your home. Your
sound judgment is supported by the wide acceptance received for these units throughout the world.
More and more quality conscious homeowners are purchasing Ionics Water Conditioning equipment
because of its superior performance and its premium quality workmanship.
The following pages of this booklet will introduce you to your new Ionics Water Conditioner by
explaining operation, care and maintenance. In addition, the booklet provides recommendations for
getting the very best performance from your unit as well as answers to commonly asked questions.
At Puronics, we not only care for your water...we care for your family.
Puronics Water Systems, Inc.
General Information
Your Ionics Water Conditioner is completely automatic. It will provide an abundance of conditioned
water with just an occasional addition of salt to the brine tank when the salt reaches the "add salt"
level. Your unit was thoroughly tested at the factory before shipping, and again at the time of
installation.
The automatic timer is set to "regenerate" your water conditioner at night while you are sleeping.
From experience, this is the best time because your water demand is lowest then and regeneration
will not interfere with baths, washing clothes, etc. However, unconditioned water is available from all
faucets during the regeneration cycle. With the Ionics Water Conditioner you are never without water.
It is a good idea to wipe the unit occasionally and then apply a good coat of wax. This procedure will
keep your water conditioner looking bright and clean for a lifetime.
In case some problem should arise, you can manually by-pass the unit by throwing one lever (see
illustration on page 5). Then call your authorized Ionics dealer. He has been trained in all phases of
maintenance and repair work and will have the unit back in operation quickly. If there is not an Ionics
dealer in your vicinity, then contact another reliable water conditioning firm. Failing that, please write
directly to the factory: Puronics Water Systems, Inc., 5775 Las Positas Road, Livermore, CA 94551
Attention: Service Department.
Regeneration
Your Ionics Water Conditioning unit consists of a tank filled with a premeasured amount of a special
mineral called S-759, formulated especially for Ionics equipment. On top of the tank is the control
valve/timer, which works on the same principle as an electric clock. Alongside the unit is a storage
tank which holds the salt and brine for the regeneration cycle.
Regeneration means recharging or recleaning the special S-759 mineral. It is important to know that
the entire cycle is automatic and you will have nothing to do with it. The following steps are for your
own enlightenment... and to demonstrate the thoroughness of the automatic cycle: 1. Backwashing,
which reverses the action of the water, throws off the sediment (called turbidity) that has been filtered
out of the water, and flushes it down the drain. 2. Salt, as brine, is injected into the unit to clean and
revitalize the S-759 mineral. (The amount of salt used is controlled by a float valve, which operates
the same as the float in the water tank of your toilet.) 3. Slow rinse. 4. Fast rinse. 5. Valve
automatically returns to the service position to again supply you with good, conditioned water.
What Salt To Use
Salt is your water conditioner's fuel. Using the right fuel is as important here as it is to get the best
performance from your car. It is strongly recommended to use only nugget or pellet type salt in your
water conditioner. This type of salt is pure and free of undesirable insolubles. Nugget or pellet type
water conditioner salt is available from your Ionics dealer.
NOTE: Common rock salt is NOT recommended because much of it contains insolubles. The
continued use of common rock salt will necessitate more frequent cleaning of the brine tank, or
worse, it may cause a malfunction of the valving. However, specially processed water conditioner
rock salt, as handled by your local dealer, may be used.
When To Add Salt
The brine tank has a capacity up to 250 Ibs. of nugget or pellet salt. You can add salt whenever it is
most convenient for you, but it is important to replenish the supply before the pellets reach the "add
salt" level indicated by the label on the salt storage tank.
Bridging Or Caking
The salt platform in your brine tank has been engineered to eliminate salt bridging or caking.
However, under certain atmospheric conditions these circumstances can occur and will prevent the
salt from coming in contact with the water level. When your water seems to be hard, check the salt in
the storage tank. If it appears to be bridging or caking, break it up with a short wooden stick. In doing
so, be careful not to probe the full depth of the brine tank because you may damage the salt platform.
Bacteriostatic — An Ionics Exclusive
If your Ionics Water Conditioner is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Registered
Bacteriostatic model, you have two unique added features. First, this unit inhibits the growth of
bacteria within the S-759 ion exchange filter media bed. Second, it reduces and in many cases
completely eliminates organic tastes, odors and colors from the water.
Inside the Bacteriostatic model water conditioner a layer of HYgene* silver-impregnated activated
carbon (EPA-Registered Bacteriostatic Water Filter Media) is placed on top of the S-759 mineral. The
silver acts as the inhibiting agent while the activated carbon adsorbs objectionable tastes, odors and
colors.
IT IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.
Only use EPA Registered HYgene silver-impregnated carbon replacement media in this unit. Use of
any medium other than HYgene silver carbon manufactured by Puronics Water Systems, Inc. is a
violation of the proper operation of the unit, and voids the manufacturer's warranty. For your
protection, do not accept a replacement media unless it is factory-sealed with both the tape and label
reading "HYgene" manufactured by Puronics Water Systems, Inc.. The EPA has restricted the
Bacteriostatic models for use only on treated municipally supplied tap water, which precludes its use
on well water.
By-Pass Instruction
In case any problem should occur that cannot be immediately resolved, it is recommended to
manually by-pass the unit as shown and call your authorized Ionics dealer.
MODELS IQ AND EE
LIFE EXPECTANCY OF HYGENE® BACTERIOSTATIC MEDIA
Model Nos.
(EE or IQ)
0820-B
1030-B
1240-B
Tank
Diameter
8"
10"
11"
HYgene
Content
Bacteriostatic
Gallons
2lb.
3lb.
4lb.
75,000
112,500
150,000
Media Life
Family of 4
12 months
18 months
24 months
NOTE: CHLORINE LEVELS IN EXCESS OF 1 PPM MAY REDUCE LIFETIME OF MEDIA.
It is suggested that a water meter reading be noted at time of installation. Add to that reading the
expected gallonage life of the Bacteriostatic medium from the above chart. Record what the water
meter reading will be when replacement should be made.
Water meter reading at time of installation
_______________ Gallons
Expected life of media (from above chart) + _______________ Gallons
Water meter reading, media replacement
_______________ Gallons
Model IQ Special Features
Directions For Use
It is a violation of Federal Law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. For use
on cold water only.
Meter-Controlled Regeneration
The Model IQ control minimizes salt usage and water waste by accurately monitoring the conditioned
water and then initiating a regeneration only when the S-759 mineral is near exhaustion. Six-cycle
downflow brining assures accurate salting while the adjustable time regeneration program uses the
minimum amount of water required per cycle.
In service a mechanical meter accurately monitors water usage. This feature eliminates the costly
wasted capacity due to premature regenerations.
Vacation Periods
There is no need to be concerned about disconnections or adjustments on your Model IQ Water
Conditioner before leaving your home for long periods of time. When no water is being used, the
"brain" will simply remain idle for that period of time and be ready to monitor water usage when you
return home.
High Usage Demand/Weekend Guests
The Model IQ Water Conditioner's "brain" will automatically recognize the increase in water usage
and regenerate before running out of conditioner water. Unpredictable water demand is never a
problem with the Ionics Model IQ.
How To Set The Time Of Day
If you should have a power failure or want to adjust for Daylight Saving Time, follow these
Instructions.
Press and hold in the red button to disengage the drive gear.
Turn the large gear until the actual time of day is opposite the time of day pointer.
Release the red button to engage the drive gear.
How To Manually Regenerate Your Water Conditioner At Any Time
Turn the manual regeneration knob clockwise.
This slight movement of the manual regeneration knob
engages the program wheel and starts the regeneration
program.
The black center knob will make one revolution in the
following three hours and stop in the position shown in
the drawing.
Even though it takes three hours for this center knob to
complete one revolution, the regeneration cycle of your
unit might be set for only one-half of this time.
In any event, conditioned water may be drawn after rinse
water stops flowing from the water conditioner drain line.
Model EE Special Features
Directions For Use
It is a violation of Federal Law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.
For use on cold water only.
Energy Efficient Control
This fully automatic six-cycle valve with 12-day timer schedules regenerations at preset intervals. The
day and the hour for regeneration, as well as the salt dosage, have been set at the time of installation
by the installer. These settings have been carefully calculated according to your family needs and to
get the maximum recovery of the resin while minimizing water usage. Do Not Change These
Settings Without First Consulting Your Dealer.
Vacation Periods
Why allow your water conditioner to continue regenerating while you are on vacation? It would be a
waste of salt to recharge an already charged mineral bed. With your Energy Efficient Ionics Model EE
Water Conditioner, vacation time has been taken into account. Simply move the by-pass valve lever
(see illustration on page 5 of this manual) until the indicator points to "by-pass". By doing so, the unit
will continue to go through the preset regeneration cycles, but actually it will not regenerate. When
you return home, move the by-pass valve lever back to the "service" position and you will again have
conditioned water as before.
High Usage Demand/Weekend Guests
As mentioned previously, your Ionics Model EE unit is set for your own needs. Higher than normal
usage such as weekend guests will naturally place a greater demand for conditioned water on the
unit. The method for manually regenerating the unit is covered on page 9. This "extra" regeneration
will not interfere with the regular programmed cycle.
How To Set The Time
Of Day
If you should have a
power failure or want to
adjust for Daylight
Saving Time, follow
these instructions.
Press and hold in the red
button to disengage the
drive gear.
Turn the large gear until
the actual time of day is
opposite the time of day
pointer.
Release the red button to engage the drive gear.
How To Manually Regenerate Your Water Conditioner At Any Time
Turn the manual regeneration knob clockwise.
This slight movement of the manual regeneration knob engages the program wheel and starts the
regeneration program.
The black center knob will make one revolution in the following three hours and stop in the position
shown in the drawing.
Even though it takes three hours for this center knob to complete one revolution, the regeneration
cycle of your unit might be set for only one-half of this time.
In any event, conditioned water may be drawn after rinse water stops flowing from the water
conditioner drain line.
Questions And Answers
What is water conditioning?
Water conditioning is that branch of engineering that determines the chemical characteristics of a tap
water supply, as it enters your home, and treats these characteristics so as to provide water more
suitable and economical for household use.
Why is it essential to improve water quality?
Beyond being an absolute necessity of life, water is an outstanding cleaning agent. The trouble is that
nature does a lot of things with water long before you have a chance to use it in your laundry or at
your kitchen sink. You get it, as it were, second hand. Therefore, improving your water quality by
water conditioning is just as essential as any other home appliance.
Does the conditioned water have a "different" taste?
Taste is difficult to define as no two people have the same sense of taste. A water conditioner will
remove certain minerals and turbidity from the water, giving you a cleaner, better tasting water.
Will conditioned water give a cleaner, brighter wash?
Yes. For best results, you should use the proper amount of laundering agent. Keep in mind a 60 to
80% soap saving can be achieved with conditioned water. Learn to use less laundering agent
because none of the cleansing compound will be wasted as in hard water cleaning. The amount of
laundering agent you use depends on: (1) its effectiveness, (2) the volume and temperature of water,
(3) the size of the wash load, and (4) the type and amount of dirt and grime.
What effect will conditioned water have on plumbing?
Before the water was conditioned, the hard water caused a scale buildup in the hot water pipes and
water heater. Scale acts as an insulating material. In the water heater, scale reduces heat
transmission, wastes fuel and often causes heating coil and tube failure. The installation of a water
conditioner not only prevents further scale formation but will gradually remove previously formed
scale deposits. A recent study indicates that softened water offers a saving of 23% in energy cost in
the operation of a hot water heater.
Are the minerals which a conditioner removes from hard water essential to health?
No. The quantity of minerals found in hard water are not essential to good health.
Is the sodium in softened water harmful to people on restrictive diets?
Much depends on the strictness of the diet itself. When the patient is on an extremely restrictive diet,
he should drink neither hard nor softened water. Under these conditions he should have
demineralized water, distilled water, or water known to be free of sodium for drinking and for the
cooking of foods. Such patients are commonly hospitalized.
In establishing a salt-free diet for patients, physicians should not overlook the fact that even hard
water may contain appreciable amounts of sodium. To determine the amount a complete analysis of
the water is necessary.
How much sodium is added to softened water?
Each grain per gallon (GPG) hardness removed adds 7.875 milligrams (mg) of sodium to a liter of
water, which is approximately one quart. The average daily sodium intake of an adult individual is
3,000 to 4,000 milligrams and the average fluid intake is 1.6 to 2.0 liters per day. A liter is slightly
more than four 8-ounce glasses of water. Two liters per day or 8.4 eight-ounce glasses of water
amounts to a total sodium intake from a source of softened 8 GPG water of 125.16 milligrams. This is
approximately 3% of the average daily sodium intake.
There is another way to answer this question, and that depends on the hardness of your raw water.
The following table shows the additional amount of sodium consumed by drinking ONE quart of
softened water.
Initial Water Hardness
5 Grains/Gallon
10 Grains/Gallon
20 Grains/Gallon
40 Grains/Gallon
Sodium Added By Softening
37.5 Milligrams/Quart
75.0 Milligrams/Quart
300.0 Milligrams/Quart
300.0 Milligrams/Quart
How does this sodium content of conditioned water compare to sodium found in common
foods?
The data in the following table demonstrate the usual range of sodium in common foods.
Food
Milk
Bread
Corn Flakes
Tomato Juice
Chili
Tomato Soup
Beef Broth
Frankfurter
Hamburger (Fast Food)
Catsup
Canned Baked Beans
Canned Asparagus
Frozen Peas
Cottage Cheese
Parmesan Cheese
Pretzels
Amount
2 Cups
2 Slices
1 Ounce
4 Ounces
1 Cup
1 Cup
1 Cup
1 Medium
¼ Pound
1 Tablespoon
¾ Cup
½ Cup
½ Cup
4 Ounces
1 Ounce
¼ Pound
Milligrams of Sodium
226
322
260
504
1194
932
1152
610
1510
204
1130
560
295
457
528
1925
It is important to note that about 2/3 of the daily water intake of any individual is through food and only
about 1/3 from water itself.
EE/IQ Limited Lifetime Warranty
EE/IQ— Bacteriostatic
LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY
THE ATTACHED WARRANTY REGISTRATION CARD MUST BE FILLED OUT COMPLETELY AND RETURNED TO PURONICS WATER
SYSTEMS, INC. AT THE ADDRESS WHICH APPEARS BELOW, WITHIN 30 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF INSTALLATION TO VALIDATE
WARRANTY.
Puronics Water Systems, Inc., 5775 Las Positas Road, Livermore, CA 94551, warrants to the original purchaser only that the Ionics Water
Conditioner to which this warranty applies shall be free of defects in materials and workmanship from the date of purchase for the lifetime
of the product.
IMPORTANT
BACTERIOSTATIC MODELS — EPA-REGISTERED HYgene® REPLACEMENT
IT IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW TO SUBSTITUTE OR REPLACE THE HYgene® EPA-REGISTERED BACTERIOSTATIC CARBON
MEDIA IN ANY PURONICS WATER SYSTEMS, INC. UNIT WITH ANYTHING OTHER THAN HYgene® MANUFACTURED BY PURONICS
WATER SYSTEMS, INC. THE INSTALLATION OF ANY OTHER MEDIA WILL VOID THIS WARRANTY. FOR YOUR PROTECTION, DO NOT
ACCEPT REPLACEMENT MEDIA UNLESS IT IS FACTORY-SEALED WITH BOTH THE TAPE AND LABEL READING "HYgene®"
MANUFACTURED BY PURONICS WATER SYSTEMS, INC. OWNER MUST FOLLOW REPLACEMENT SCHEDULE AS OUTLINED IN THE
HOMEOWNERS MANUAL FOR WARRANTY TO REMAIN IN EFFECT.
This warranty is a LIMITED WARRANTY. The obligations of Puronics Water Systems, Inc. hereunder and the original purchaser’s sole
remedy shall be limited to the repair or the replacement of the product or part only, at the sole option of Puronics Water Systems, Inc.. TO
THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, PURONICS WATER SYSTEMS, INC. AND ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS,
EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE OR RESPONSIBLE UNDER ANY
CIRCUMSTANCES OR IN ANY AMOUNT FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THE PRODUCT, INCLUDING,
WITHOUT LIMITATION, FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES OR FOR INJURY OR DAMAGES TO PERSONS OR PROPERTY
USING OR USED IN CONNECTION WITH THE PRODUCT, OR FOR LOSS OF PROFITS OR OTHER COSTS OR EXPENSES OF ANY KIND OR
CHARACTER. THIS LIMITATION WILL APPLY REGARDLESS OF THE FAILURE OF THE ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY.
Labor charges incidental to the repair and/or replacement of parts other than factory repairs are expressly excluded from this warranty.
Transportation costs incurred in the receipt and installation of replacement parts covered by this warranty shall be paid by the owner.
This warranty shall not apply to any system which has been damaged by accident, fire, flood, act of God, abuse, neglect, freezing, unusual
physical or electrical stress, misuse, or alteration, or installation or operation not in accordance with Puronics Water Systems, Inc.
instructions and applicable plumbing codes and ordinances. The Ionics Water Conditioner is subject to normal wear and tear during its
usable service life. Wear and tear is not regarded as a defect and is not covered by this warranty. Cosmetic damage is not regarded as a
defect and is not covered by this warranty. This warranty covers the original product only and does not cover replacement filters or
media. This warranty must be presented at time of claim, and all claims must be presented within 30 days of occurrence.
FOR RESIDENTIAL USE ONLY. THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS BY PURONICS WATER SYSTEMS, INC. OTHER
THAN AS SET FORTH ABOVE, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, AND NO PERSON, FIRM, OR CORPORATION IS AUTHORIZED TO MAKE
ANY REPRESENTATION OR INCUR ANY OBLIGATION IN THE NAME OF OR ON BEHALF OF PURONICS WATER SYSTEMS, INC. EXCEPT
AS STATED ABOVE. ANY OTHER WARRANTIES OR GUARANTEES, ORAL OR WRITTEN, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, ARE NOT
RECOGNIZED.
HOMEOWNER’S INFORMATION
Name
City
Address
Phone
State
Zip
Email
MODEL NUMBER _______________________ SERIAL NUMBER _______________________ DATE INSTALLED _______________________
Tear Off and Mail to: Puronics Water Systems, Inc. 5775 Las Positas Road, Livermore, CA 94551
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(Detach Here)
TO BE FILLED OUT BY DEALER AND RETURNED IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING INSTALLATION OF EQUIPMENT
Model
Serial
Date
Number
Number
Installed
Water Analysis
Customer Name
Municipal Water
Well Water
Address
Number in Family______
Hardness__________gpg
City, State, Zip Code
Chlorine___________ppm
Iron______________ppm
Phone Number(s)
Sulfur_____________ppm
Manganese_________ppm
pH________________ppm
Dealer name and
Other________________
address
Salesperson
_____________________
_____________________
Remarks:
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